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February 28, 2012

The Confucius Institute presents zither lecture-demonstration

The Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CI-UM) presents

Qin Music: The Embodiment of Literati Culture of East Asia

Lecture-Demonstration by
Shuishan Yu

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | 5pm
Benzinger Library, U-M Residential College
East Quad, 701 E. University (please use this entrance only)
Free and open to the public.

This lecture introduces the music and culture of qin, an ancient Chinese instrument with a millennia-long history. With a technical emphasis on the various ways to touch, stop, and strike the strings, qin music explores the richness in timbre as no other instrument does. Through a unique system of notation, education, performance, and appreciation, the qin tradition encourages personal interpretation in the re-creation of music and brings down the division between composer and player, thus opening the door for the creation of various regional and stylistic schools. Qin shares common aesthetic and spiritual ideals with other traditional cultural forms such as poetry, calligraphy, and painting. The philosophy behind qin music and the physical and conceptual environment for the appreciation of the sound and silence are closely connected with the literati art and culture of East Asia.

Shuishan Yu is a fourth generation Mei’an School qin player, Professor of Art History at Oakland University, and Chair of North America Mei’an Guqin Society. He has inherited much of the styles and masterpieces from the traditional repertoire, and added many unique personal interpretations. Yu teaches qin at Oakland and performs widely in China and the US. He is developing a new system in qin education by creating a series of fingering-specific studies, and composing new qin music based on classical Chinese literature.

Masterpieces of qin music will be performed during the lecture,
including:

关山月 Moon over the mountain pass
酒狂 Drunken madness
平沙落雁,九嶷派 Wild geese descending on the beach, Jiuyi School
平沙落雁,梅庵派 Wild geese descending on the beach, Mei’an School
流水 Flowing water

Posted by zzhu at February 28, 2012 03:47 PM